Children and youth have choir rehearsal in the Atrium. We always put on a Christmas musical in December and sing about every six to eight weeks at both the 9:00 and 11:00 church services throughout the year. Contact Betsy Morse or Marilyn Seese for more information. They rehearse Sunday mornings in the Atrium from 9:30 to 10:00 AM.
Children and youth meet in the Sanctuary to learn how to play the choir chimes and bells. They perform several times a year at the 11:00 church service. Contact Craig Westendorf for more information. They rehearse Sunday mornings in Womack Recital Hall from 9:00 to 9:30 AM, and ring in worship four times each year.
After the combined children’s choir from 9:30 to 10:00, children are in Sunday school until 11:00. At 11:00 the children attend the 11:00 worship service until a moment for all God’s children. They are dismissed to participate in Godly Play in the Atrium around 11:15.
Children have led the church in worship through centuries. Only they can bring a distinctive blend of spontaneity, enthusiasm, and pure joy to the worship of God.
The primary goal of the children’s music ministry is to enable each child to worship God effectively through the combined efforts of Christian Education and the ministry of music.
We encourage spiritual growth through the children’s music ministry as they express their faith through the songs they sing. This process leads to public witness through participation in worship.
The children’s music ministry serves as an evangelistic outreach to the children themselves, as they memorize scripture through the songs they sing. Texts are carefully chosen, either based on scripture or reflecting scriptural truth, and often stay with children their entire lives, subtly molding and shaping their theology.
These young singers also learn a great deal about the worship life of the church. They learn the liturgical calendar featuring special holiday seasons that focus on particular events in the life of Christ. They learn about the order of the service, and what it means to participate in worship as well as serve their church.
In addition to spiritual and musical growth, the children’s music ministry also offers an important opportunity for social growth. As they gain a sense of accomplishment from taking on a team task and seeing it through to success, they grow in poise and self confidence, and learn the responsibility of working together in a group.
Martin Luther referred to music as “a fair and glorious gift of God”. We eagerly share this gift with our children.